What We Believe
We subscribe to the 1689 Second London Baptist Confession of Faith as the best expression of the teachings of Holy Scripture. To be a Reformed Baptist Church means that you subscribe to those doctrines which were central to the Reformation, i.e. the primacy and sovereignty of God in salvation, church life, and the world. Some of the critical points and distinctives of our doctrinal stance include:
- There is one God, eternally existing in three persons, who created all things and upholds all things by his perfect will.
- That the Holy Scripture is the only certain and infallible source of all saving knowledge, that God has revealed Himself and His will to the church through the Scriptures.
- Man is thoroughly sinful and in need of salvation through a personal redeemer, the Lord Jesus Christ.
- Salvation is by grace alone through faith in Christ alone.
- Christ is Lord over all of the Christian’s life, so that the duty of each Christian is to live for God’s glory, submitting to His will as it is revealed in the Scriptures, not in order to attain salvation, but out of gratitude that it has already been given by grace.
- The blessed hope of every Christian is the personal, visible, and bodily return of the Lord Jesus Christ. The expectation of the second advent of Christ, far from encouraging speculation, has a purifying effect on the life and conduct of true believers.
- We believe in the rule of a plurality of elders.
- We believe in baptism by immersion of those making a credible profession of faith in Jesus Christ.
- We believe that membership in a biblical church is essential in the life of a Christian.
- We believe the moral law of God, summarized in the Ten Commandments, including keeping the Lord’s Day, is the rule of life for Christians.
Some of our key distinctive practices and beliefs are summarized in the booklet "What is a Reformed Baptist Church?"